50 Acres of Flowers

This California display blooms on a hill overlooking the sea.

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Flower Fields
Photographer Fran Gealer

American Beauty

I’d rather have flowers on the table than diamonds around my neck,” my mom often says, especially right before Mother’s Day.

I thought of her during a visit to The Flower Fields, overlooking the beaches of Carlsbad, California. There, 50 acres of blossoms wash the hillside with an unparalleled spectrum of color, offering visitors—and their mothers—much more than cut flowers in a vase. Bright reds, whites, oranges, pinks, and purples stand out against the deep hues of the Pacific, at the bottom of the incline. This working flower farm opens to the public in the spring perfect timing for Mom’s special day in May.


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